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Vitor Belfort Eventually Will Compete In The U.S., Says Dana White

Vitor Belfort Eventually Will Compete In The U.S., Says Dana White

The UFC is not “protecting” Vitor Belfort and running some sort of conspiracy theory to keep “The Phenom” active and fighting while on TRT in Brazil.

No, UFC president Dana White told reporters recently that the promotion will bring Belfort back to the states, when the time is right.

Belfort, a former UFC champion, has finished both Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold this year. Both fights took place in Brazil, and he was allowed to use TRT. Previously, he failed a post-fight drug test in Las Vegas and some believe he could be denied use of the testosterone replacement if he fights in the U.S.

“He will end up fighting in the States. He’s been fighting in Brazil because he does well in Brazil. There’s no conspiracy. First of all, have we ever done anything slimy, seriously, in 13 years? Like, ‘Let’s keep him in Brazil so nobody (tests him).’ I f—ing hate unfair people who cheat, putting guys in a position where they’re at a disadvantage. I hate that stuff,” White said. “I want fights to happen evenly and for the best guy to win, and that’s why I was so pissed off about the TRT thing because I felt like people were cheating. People are getting jacked up during their training. One guy’s fighting on his natural abilities, the other guy’s getting jacked up, he recovers faster in training camp than the guy who’s natural, and then he gets his levels back down before the fight. That’s what was pissing me off.”

White continued his tirade, saying that the commission looking over Belfort’s TRT use is the same one that removed Alexander Gustafsson from a fight earlier this year for a cut and “it’s not like they’re doing me any favors or we have some buddy-buddy relationship.”

There has been no released information as far as Belfort’s return to action goes.

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